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Old 09-20-2019, 09:50 PM   #6941 (permalink)
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Location: Oregon
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Acura TSX - '06 Acura TSX
90 day: 28.24 mpg (US)

Lafawnda - '01 Honda CBR600 F4i
90 day: 47.32 mpg (US)

Big Yeller - '98 Dodge Ram 2500 base
90 day: 21.82 mpg (US)

Prius Plug-in - '12 Toyota Prius Plug-in
90 day: 57.64 mpg (US)

Mazda CX-5 - '17 Mazda CX-5 Touring
90 day: 26.58 mpg (US)
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I believe that I could maintain a high standard of living consuming 1/10th the average transportation/home energy as the average American household. The problem is that my other purchases involve energy expenditures that are outside my control with the exception of making the purchase in the first place, and those likely represent large energy expenditures; probably much greater than my direct consumption.

To get to 10% of average US consumption and high standard of living, I'd need to install a ground-source heat pump and make design changes to my house to maximize solar gain on cold days and minimize it on hot days. I'd also install even lower flow showerheads. EVs would be the vehicle of choice for bad weather and longer trips, with walking/biking/Segwaying filling in the shorter trips.

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